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Rome: a majestic city with a rich past, spanning over two and a half thousand years. What remains to be seen of ancient Rome? As the heart of the Roman Empire, ancient Rome’s archaeological remains have been studied and admired for centuries, many being well-preserved due to their incorporation into newer structures. This album explores the sites of some of the republican temples in Rome’s Campus Martius, and relates them to the men who built them. The Roman Forum, centre of political and so ...
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A podcast by the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama. In each episode, the APGRD invites academics and/or creative practitioners (directors, playwrights, actors, choreographers etc.) to talk to us about their research, archival discoveries, and creative practices. We often begin with an object from our archive to start a wider conversation. The podcast runs during the university's vacations.
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Rob Cain interviews Steven Fine, historian of Judaism in the Greco-Roman World. Dr. Fine is professor of Jewish History at Yeshiva University in New York, director of the Arch of Titus Digital Restoration project and of the Yeshiva University Center for Israel Studies. Visit Professor Fine's webpage: http://yeshiva.academia.edu/StevenFine/About Inc…
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A podcast episode with Marco Martinelli Playwright and theatre director Marco Martinelli (co-founder of Teatro delle Albe) discusses his community-theatre projects, past and future, in Italy, France, and London, involving amateur actors, school children, and young adults, using Aristophanes, Dante, and Cervantes.…
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Total playing time: 12 minutes. An original story written by Rob Cain. Narration by Skye Taylor Synopsis: Alice has a YouTube Channel called Alice through the Looking Glass. In this episode she talks about how she became a classics major. She avoided telling her father, and one day her grandfather gives her the entire set of GREAT BOOKS OF THE WEST…
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Rob Cain interviews a Mr. Bob Carr who went down to Tikal in 1959 to assist in the surveying and mapping of this ancient site. Assisted by John Windmuller, Bob's son-in-law, Rob, John and Bob conduct a kitchen interview about his two years in the jungle. The mystery of what was termed an ARRIVAL BOWL is discussed near the end.…
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INDIANA JONES AND THE BULL OF PERSEPOLIS Rob Cain writes a love letter to a museum. The Institute for the Study of Ancient Cultures once known as the Oriental Museum is at the University of Chicago on the city's southside. If you visit take an uber to visit this unique museum that frankly looks like a set for the next Indiana Jones Movie. Don't was…
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EDITORIAL Forget Cleopatra. Where's my Queen Zenobia and Queen Amanirenas? Rob Cain goes on a rant about the entertainment industry's continued fascination with Cleopatra VII. Typing out an article on his laptop while listening to Seraj Nebal, he puts forth his frustration while waiting for other movies to be made about other powerful women. Tell t…
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Gladiatorial Games at Starbucks 32:00 - 1:17 Introduction 1:17- 10:03 Matthew Leigh Embleton and the History of Latin, Pt. II 10:10 - 11:59 Rob Introduces an audio segment from the 1970s TV production THE PALLISERS. This is basically a dramatic scene within a courtroom that illustrates how Latin could be used for communication. 12:02 - 18:10 An Iri…
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A conversation with the historian Michael G. Stroud. Synopsis: Michael G. Stroud and Rob Cain discuss subjects as the nature of history and its study, the importance of context, and the history of Tudor and Roman Naval Sea Power. https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelgstroud/Ancient Rome Refocused による
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The 12 Labors of Antony A Dramatic Narration in a 'What-if?' vein. An original story by Rob Cain and performed by Jordan Harbour of Twilight Histories. Imagine Marc Antony going to a public relations firm for advice on how to win over the people of Rome in his war against Octavian. This story is about the Aequitas Publicae Negotium, a public relati…
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An interview with Matthew Leigh Embleton, composer, musician and writer out of Kent, England. Rob Cain and Matthew discuss Ancient Latin, the Vikings and assorted historical observations. Matthew discusses his favorite 'epochs'. Check out Matthew's website at: www.matthewleighembleton.co.uk Matthew Leigh Embleton Available Bonus Material includes: …
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Down and Out in Ancient Rome features the dramatic narrative DOWN AND OUT IN ANCIENT Rome. This story takes you into the backstreets of ancient Rome. Tristan is the writer and producer for The Story Engine Podcast and Twilight Histories. Intro: 0-2:48 Rob talks about the hit TV show LOKI: 2:54 - 10:45 Matthew Leigh Embleton gives a lecture on Runes…
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Intro Narration by David Denyer. Wikipedia The Seikilos epitaph is the oldest surviving complete musical composition, including musical notation, from anywhere in the world. The epitaph has been variously dated, but seems to be either from the 1st or the 2nd century CE. The song, the melody of which is recorded, alongside its lyrics, in the ancient…
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A mix of music provided by London composer David Denyer. Agave was performed and sung by Charlotte Holtum ("Give me Strength") Dionysus was performed and sung by Pavlos Christodoulou Singing Bacchae were Alisha Iyer, Faidra Faitaki, Polyanna Cohen ("The Divine Will", "What is Wisdom?").Ancient Rome Refocused による
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Anna Kouremenos (lecturer at Quinnipiac University) and Rob Cain discuss a debate between Boris Johnson, Mayor of London (at the time), and Mary Beard, noted Classicist, when they took on each other in a debate forum to decide what culture was better: the Romans or the Greeks? Ms. Kouremenos as a Greek Historical academic provides a courtside analy…
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The primary discussion is on her paper: PΩΜΑΙΟΚΡΑΤΙΑ ≠ ROMAN OCCUPATION: (MIS)PERCEPTIONS OF THE ROMAN PERIOD IN GREECE. A line from the paper sums up the direction of her research: "…very little has been written about modern perceptions of this period." This paper is available on Academia.edu. This is a fun and interesting discussion with an outst…
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On the show Rob Cain interviews Simon Elliot the author of Roman Britain's Missing Legion: What really happened to the IX Hispana? Subjects covered in the podcast: * Evidence. * Citations in the records. * Possible solutions to the mystery. * The origins of the name Caesar. * What is the dream find for an archeologist to settle the IX Hispana myste…
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This podcast reviews the book: THE ROMAN GUIDE TO SLAVE MANAGMENT. Rob interviews the author and reads excerpts from the book. The Roman Guide to Slave Management, is a sly, subversive guide to the realities of servitude in ancient Rome. Cambridge scholar Jerry Toner uses Falx, his fictional but true-to-life creation, to describe where and how to R…
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Hayley Russell, producer of Helicon Theatrical Productions, discusses the ancient concept of KLEOS. Kleos is the Greek word often translated to "renown" or "glory". It is related to the English word "loud" and carries the implied meaning of "what others hear about you". According to Wikipedia, a Greek hero earns kleos through accomplishing great de…
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Andrew Hulse, producer of Helicon Theatrical Productions, discusses the scholar of epic poetry, Milman Perry, and his associate Albert Lord. Hulse promotes Lord's book The Singer of Tales as a "wacky and mind bending…" experience. Albert Bates Lord was a professor of Slavic and comparative literature at Harvard University who, after the death of Mi…
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This story is about is interpreting a third century poem that puts Frogs and Mice into the characters of Ancient Heroes. Yes, this poem actually exists. Imagine you create a theater company. You decide to bring to life this ancient poem. You hold auditions, and you study the ancient storytellers called the Rhapsodoi. Picking out the best storytelle…
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Rob Cain goes on a rant about modern and ancient heroes. He discusses the heroes of literature and reviews the heroes celebrated on TV as he was growing up. What is a modern hero? What is a classical one? Do heroes pay a price? 18:45 into the podcast a musical tribute is given to Khaled al-Asaad, a Syrian archaeologist and the head of antiquities a…
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If I was going to do walking tour of Great Britain I would pack this book with an extra pair of socks. Roman Britain is a great book, based on a series of lectures given at Oxford University. The book is filled with maps and drawings and insights into the ancient world. Check out the great map on the inside cover. Go for an old edition. It has a lo…
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Rob Cain interviews Morgan Taubert from Adelaide, South Australia. Morgan writes letters to the dead. This includes letters to Marcus Tullius Cicero. What do you say to the greatest orator of the Roman Republic? What would you say? After you listen to the podcast check out Morgans' blog at: LETTERS TO CICERO (AND MY OTHER DEAD FRIENDS). http://lett…
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The Batrachomyomachia or Battle of the Frogs and Mice is a comic epic, or a parody of the Iliad, commonly attributed to Homer. Prof. Joel Christensen and Eric Robinson have translated this odd poem putting frogs and mice in the place of the Homeric Heroes. Dr. Christiansen, is an associate professor of Classical Studies and comparative literature, …
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Rob Cain discovers antiques being sold on the internet. He digs deeper and deeper into what is real and what is perceived to be real. He answers an inquiry from Robert W.M. Greaves, the author of the popular blog site Matters Arising, and airs an interview by the late Archaeologist William Glover on the nature of context. This is a true investigati…
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Time for a little detective work. Did Julius Caesar actually say: "I could kill you faster than I could threaten to kill you?" It's on the internet. So it has to be true. Right? Rob Cain's Historical Detective Agency tries to find the out the truth.Ancient Rome Refocused による
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00:00 - 18:35 Come with us to Mars! What if a civilization was discovered on Mars? What if behind a stonewall, the remnants of a Martian Civilization was discovered? Ancient Rome Refocused presents a dramatic narration of how this could very much match an unusual mania that swept the world in the 1920s. Upon the discovery of King Tut's tomb, music,…
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What's it like to be daughter of a Queen? Rob Cain interviews author and educator Vicky Alvear Shecter. She wrote the book Cleopatra's Moon, a tale of Selene, daughter of Cleopatra and Marc Antony. Dramatic narration from Ms. Shecter's book. Nancy provides the voice of Selene who witnessed the Donations of Alexandria, where Antony distributed Roman…
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Author and BBC Channel 4 host Natalie Haynes is interviewed by Rob Cain. Her book The Furies tells the story of a teacher that teaches Greek Tragedy to a class of hard-luck students. As you may guess, tragedy follows. Ms Haynes talks to us about ancient tragedies, her life, and the writing process. Check out the interview with Ms. Haynes. The show …
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This placeholder gives you a sneak peek into three upcoming episodes. Natalie Haynes, will speak on Greek Tragedy, and her book The Furies. Vicky Alvear Schecter on her book Cleopatra's Moon, on Selene the daughter of the Egyptian Queen. Arthur Phillips on his book, The Egyptologist, a truly mysterious protagonist that looks into the ancient world …
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An exploration of Queen Zenobia in popular culture and song. Actors and musicians based in the American mid-west write, compose and perform a musical based on this 3rd century queen that defied Rome. Rob Cain interviews Lorrisa Julianus and Craig Engel. Zenobia, is an original musical written by Lorrisa and composed by Angela Salvaggione. It premie…
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Could an MEU bring down the Roman Empire? Marine expeditionary units are the smallest air-ground task forces in the United States Fleet Marine Force. Each MEU is an expeditionary quick reaction force, deployed and ready for immediate response to any crisis, whether it be natural disaster or combat missions. Rob Cain Interviews the screenwriter Jame…
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Dramatic Narrative: In this episode Rob and Nancy Cain perform a dramatic narrative of a Roman couple going to the theater to see the great Roman actor Quintus Roscius Gallus. The soldier has been away for six long years and doubts his wife's fidelity. She doubts his fidelity as well. Can a night at the theater change everything? Has the years chan…
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Teaser for an unaired TV show Imagine if Julius Caesar, Cleopatra, Paris of Troy and Romulus Augustus, the last Emperor of Rome of the Western Empire, were gathered around a table. What would they say to each other? The show is hosted by Rob Cain. This podcast is a tribute to the show Meeting of Minds, which aired on PBS from 1977 to 1981. The host…
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Dramatic Narration: The episode starts out with a modern version of the Aeneid. Please forgive me, Virgil. Annie meets a guy visiting from overseas and conspires to keep him in Chicago so she can work her charms on him. It's a chicklit all based on the Aeneid. The author Natalie Haynes is interviewed by Rob Cain on her book The Ancient Guide to Mod…
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What makes a Caesar? Dramatic Narrative: Mr. Cain travels to the time of Alaric the Visigoth. This warrior chieftain sacked Rome and we explore the temptations of Rome and whether he would of considered the 'imperial purple.' Mr. Cain has a rant about the symbols of empire and modern day Neros. After he calms down he interviews Mark Schauss of the …
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